MONTHLY WALK ROUND-UP
TUESDAY, APRIL 30
MIDDLETOWN MANSIONS. Delight in discovering a
little-known part of old San Diego as we stroll past
some 100-year-ole mansions, including “The Lion House” and the block with “The Three Sisters”. We
will revel in the spectacular views of the airport, North
Island and the San Diego Bay. Meet at the corner
of Hawk and Thorn streets for a 11/2 hour casual to
moderate walk with several hills. This area is little
known because it is difficult to find. Directions: Take
Reynard Way and turn west onto Redwood Street, then
continue onto Falcon Street. Turn left onto Thorn Street
and continue west two blocks to Hawk Street. Bus
#83 stops at Reynard Way and Redwood Street. Rain
cancels. Evelyn K. (619) 461-6095.
TUESDAY, APRIL 30
MISSION BAY SUNSETS. See Tuesday, April 2 for
WEDNESDAY MAY 1
WEDNESDAY WORKOUT. Join us in front of Bookstar in Costa Verde Shopping Center at 8650 Genesee Ave. for a friendly walk’n’talk for about 1½ hours through neighborhoods, parks, and canyon trails all around UTC, University City, and UCSD areas. Rain cancels. Pace: moderate-plus. Please call Nicki L. at 619-665-6981 or Barbara S. (858) 452-8832 to confirm.
THURSDAY, MAY 2
SUNRISE SERIES: RIVERWALK. We’ll meet at the restaurant on the corner of Pacific Hwy. and Rosecrans St. to walk along the river and hope that the landscape has been cut back and cleaned up since our last walk as we try to make it to Mission Valley. Terrain is flat and walk will be at a moderate pace for 1 hour. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. John & Marilyn, (619) 840-5544.
THURSDAY, MAY 2
MISSION BEACH NORTH & SOUTH. Walk the beach or the bay and stop for coffee near the end of this flat walk. Meet at the Belmont Park ticket booth off of Mission Blvd. To use public transit, ride the trolley to Old Town, and then take the #8 bus at 9:40 to Mission Blvd. arriving at 9:54, and walk across the street. Rain cancels. Pace: moderate to moderate-plus. Kathy L. (858) 484-0349.
THURSDAY, MAY 2
SHELTER ISLAND WALK & TALK. Join Rob, Elaine, Janet or Kathy B. for a walk from the Bali Hai to the Friendship Bell and back on flat sidewalks (about 2.5 miles round trip; 60+ minutes including pit stop). Breathe delicious ocean air and enjoy dynamic bay and city views from ships to sea lions. Meet new friends to the right of the Bali Hai by the lamp post and hand rails, where we will stretch for a few minutes. Ample free parking. If you’re late, drive down the island and join us along the way. Take the #28 bus and walk approximately 3 blocks to the Bali Hai. Optional eats afterward. Heavy rain cancels. Pace: casual+. Sally R. (619) 222-3800.
SUNDAY, MAY 5
SUNRISE SERIES: SHELTER ISLAND. Let’s take a casual to moderate walk along this beautiful, mostly flat area by the bay where there are many beautiful homes. Then back to optional breakfast. Meet at meterless spaces in the parking lot at Anchorage Ln. and Canon St. (one block south of Shelter Island Dr) Edie A. firstname.lastname@example.org. (619) 313-7818.
SUNDAY, MAY 5
MERRY GO-ROUND. Join us on one of the most scenic walks in San Diego. We start at the carousel in Balboa Park. Our walk encompasses the harbor, downtown and Bankers Hill. Depending on size of the group and mood, we may include some bridges. Allow three hours, which includes a coffee break. To use public transit, take the trolley to 3rd Ave. and C St. At 3rd Ave. and Broadway take the #7 bus at 7:42 or 7:48. Arrive at Zoo Pl. at 8:00 or 8:06. Meet in the lot near the carousel at Park Blvd. and Zoo Place. Pace: moderateplus. Rick P. (858) 565-7212.
MONDAY, MAY 6
SUNRISE SERIES: LAKE MURRAY. Walk at your own pace for 1 hour on a mostly flat path around the lake. Drive through the main entrance to Lake Murray at the end of Kiowa Dr. off Lake Murray Blvd. Meet in the main parking lot on the left as you approach the lake. Optional breakfast follows. Betty H. (858) 248-3782.
MONDAY, MAY 6
CROWN POINT AREA BECKONS. Start out your week with beautiful scenic views of Mission Bay and nearby homes. Our guest leader will take the group on a flat walk for about two hours, with a pause for coffee or yogurt. Take I-5 to Grand Ave. and go west to Lamont Street, turn left on Lamont Street, then right on Crown Point Drive to meet at the west end of the parking lot — by the park’s southern end restrooms. To use public transit, take the trolley to Old Town and board the #9 bus at 9:10. Get off at La Cima Dr. and walk 3 blocks east to the parking lot. Rain cancels. Pace: moderate to moderate-plus. Kathy L. (858) 484-0349.
MONDAY, MAY 6
HISTORIC LA PLAYA TRAIL: Join peripatetic leaders Rob or Anita as we follow the historic La Playa Trail, along shoreline, past yacht clubs and amazing homes and gardens. Meet at trail marker by the bay at the intersection of Talbot Street and Anchorage Lane, adjacent to SD Yacht Club. The casual+ pace is on a dirt trail for approx. 2.4 miles and 75 minutes. Street parking; observe signage. Optional eats after; heavy rain cancels; served by bus #28. Sally R. (619) 222- 3800. Repeats every other week.
TUESDAY, MAY 7
ABOVE THE BAY. Join us for some exercise and fabulous views of Mission Bay. Meet at the Clairemont Information Center, west side of I-5 at the Clairemont Drive exit. Walk starts at 6:30 pm, is 1-hour plus and 3.5 miles plus long, moderate to moderate-plus walk. Rain, but not mist, cancels. Flashlight recommended.
Please call Jill F. (858) 292-4231 to make sure walk is ‘on’ for the week. We do cancel if Tuesday is a holiday.
THURSDAY, MAY 9
SUNRISE SERIES: OLD TOWN. We’ll visit Old Town to check out what’s new. Meet at the corner of Pacific Hwy. and Rosecrans St. for this flat, casual to moderate 1-hour walk. Bring money for optional breakfast afterward. Frances (619) 479-3962.
FRIDAY, MAY 10
MISSION HILLS MEANDER. Join us for great views and picturesque homes of this old neighborhood on a 1-hour casual walk for about 2.5 miles on flat terrain. We will enjoy the late afternoon views. Meet at 1920 Ft. Stockton Dr. From Washington St., go north on Goldfinch St. and west about a mile on Ft. Stockton Drive. Rain cancels. Jim M. (619) 971-1518.
SATURDAY, MAY 11
BREAKFAST SPECIAL: LATE BIRDS. For those of us who can’t get up in time for the Sunrise Series, Anna T. will lead a flat 1 hour walk at your own pace around Pacific Beach, followed by an optional breakfast. Take the #30 bus at 6:45am from Old Town Transit Center, exit at Mission Blvd. Meet in front of Crystal Pier at the west end of Garnet Ave. Rain cancels. At your own pace. Anna T. (858) 270-1276.
SUNDAY, MY 12
BREAKFAST SPECIAL: BALBOA PARK. The park is beautiful year round, with many paths to explore at your own pace. Eating and chatting afterward is optional but great fun. Meet at the carousel on Park Blvd. at Zoo Pl. Edie A. email@example.com. (619) 313-7818.
MONDAY, MAY 13
SUNRISE SERIES: MISSION BAY BACKWARDS. Let’s start on the path near Sea World Dr. to enjoy the playground and the sights we’ve missed on this moderate 1-hour walk on flat, mostly paved terrain. Take Sea World Dr. exit west off I-5, turn right at the first light, pass the entrance to Fiesta Island, cross the bridge and park at the second small parking area on your left. Optional breakfast afterward. Winnie (858) 278-4003.
MONDAY, MAY 13
AMERICA’S CUP HARBOR: Join peripatetic leaders Rob or Anita as we walk around America’s Cup Harbor on sidewalks to admire what’s new in the marina from bayside restaurants to a new brewery, gelato/ coffee shop, deluxe condos and new docks, with lots of construction and MORE. The casual+ pace walks on flat paved surfaces and are approximately 2.5 miles each for about 1 hour and 15 minutes. Fun, friendly group. Optional eats afterward. Meet to the right of the front door of the Bali Hai. Ample free parking; Served by #28 Bus and walk 3 blocks. Heavy rain cancels. Sally R. (619) 222-3800. Repeats every other week.
THURSDAY, MAY 16
SUNRISE SERIES: TECOLOTE CANYON. Let’s walk in beautiful Tecolote Canyon on a flat comfortable dirt road as we see what the season has to offer on this casual to moderate 1-hour walk. Take I-5 to Tecolote Rd. exit, go east on Tecolote Rd. all the way into the canyon to the parking lot and visitor center at the end of the road. Bring money for an optional breakfast afterward. Winnie (858) 278-4003.
FRIDAY, MAY 17 (3RD FRIDAY)
SUNSET CLIFFS VIEWS. Meet at Sunset Cliffs Blvd. & Point Loma Ave. (not West Point Loma Blvd.) in Ocean Beach. We’ll enjoy spectacular views and fresh cool breezes from the Pacific Ocean. For public transit, take bus route 923 from downtown at Broadway & 5th OR route 35 from Old Town Transit Center and transfer to 923 in O.B. at Cable & Voltaire Street. If you take the bus and it’s late, please call me and we’ll wait for you. Otherwise, we’ll start at the announced time. Our walk will last about one hour. Pace: Casual. Stan F. (619) 222-3447.
SATURDAY, MAY 18
ENCINITAS RANCH. Come out and explore the trails and pathways of the North County neighborhood of Encinitas Ranch. Enjoy views of the ocean, canyons and golf courses as we hike along on this moderate+ paced approximately 7-mile walk. Be prepared for hills. Meet in front of the Target Store in the Encinitas Ranch Town Center at 1010 N. El Camino Real (just south of Leucadia Blvd and east of Garden View Rd). Lenore E. (619) 890-0714 firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY, MAY 19
BREAKFAST SPECIAL: MISSION BEACH. Let’s walk, at your own pace, along the boardwalk to enjoy the ocean waves reflecting the rising sun. We could go north or south as we admire the mixture of old beach cottages and new multi-story homes. Meet in the parking lot in front of the roller coaster. Edie A. edier@ cox.net. (619) 313-7818.
MONDAY, MAY 20
SUNRISE SERIES: PACIFIC BEACH BOARDWALK. Let’s take a moderate 1-hour walk on flat terrain and enjoy the fresh air, early morning breeze and beautiful sunrise where we can look forward to good company, chatting and an optional breakfast afterward. Meet at the Crystal Pier at the west end of Garnet Ave. Bring money for optional breakfast. John & Marilyn, (619) 840 5544.
THURSDAY, MAY 23
SUNRISE SERIES: MISSION HILLS. We’ll discover what’s new in one of San Diego’s oldest neighborhoods on this moderate 1-hour walk on flat terrain. Meet Connie at Goldfinch St. and Fort Stockton Dr., which is 1 block north of West Washington St. Optional breakfast afterward. Connie V. (619) 477-8628.
THURSDAY, MAY 23
UCSD CAMPUS STUART COLLECTION: This is a casual 3 mile loop walk around the UCSD campus to visit the Stuart collection, consisting of 18 artworks. We will meet at the VA hospital, address 3350 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego CA 92161. Meet at the bus stop in front of the hospital at 10:00 AM. There is an express bus number 150 from Old Town leaving at 9:30, arriving 9:54. For those driving, there is free parking in the visitor lot South of the hospital entrance. We will have an optional lunch in the food court on the campus near the end of the walk. Rain Cancels. Roger L. (619) 299-0489.
FRIDAY, MAY 24
MISSION HILLS MEANDER. See Friday, May 10 or details.
SUNDAY, MAY 26
BREAKFAST SPECIAL: PACIFIC BEACH. Before the crowds arrive, walking along the ocean in Pacific Beach can be delightful. We’ll admire the waves on a flat walk at your own speed and then return by the same route. Meet at the end of Garnet where the pier begins. Optional breakfast follows, perhaps overlooking the ocean and the surfers. Edie A. email@example.com. (619) 313-7818.
MONDAY, MAY 27 (MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY)
SUNRISE SERIES: MISSION VALLEY. Come and enjoy a casual to moderate one hour walk along the San Diego River. We’ll meet in the parking lot at the west end of Mission Valley Center (next to the jeweler at Camino de la Reina and Mission Center Rd.). Walk is mostly on a flat path. An optional breakfast follows. Connie V. (619) 477-8628.
TUESDAY, MAY 28
PEACE GARDEN. Celebrate the day after Memorial Day with a walk to the Sri Chinmoy Peace Garden. On the way we will amble the streets north of Adams Avenue’s Antique Row that look out over Mission Valley. We will see a funky house, bungalows, California courts, brick houses, and the beautiful 1916 Villa Montemar estate. Meet at corner of Kansas Street and Collier Avenue, one block north of Adams Avenue, for a casual–to-moderate, flat, 1½ hour walk. Bus #11 stops at Adams Avenue and 30th. Street. Rain cancels. Evelyn K. 619-461-6095.
THURSDAY, MAY 30
SUNRISE SERIES: BY THE RIVER AT LIBERTY STATION. Join Edie for a moderate, 1-hour walk on mostly paved, level paths. We’ll meet in the parking area near the river at the south end of Womble St. From the south, take I-5 to the Pacific Hwy. exit, veer to the left onto Barnett Ave., turn left into Liberty Station, turn left at Womble St. From the north or east, take the Rosecrans St. exit, proceed several miles until you see Vons on your left – Womble St. is the next left turn. Optional breakfast follows. Edie A. firstname.lastname@example.org. (619) 313-7818.
WEDNESDAY & SATURDAY WILDERNESS HIKES
|Wednesday 5/1||Myra C (619) 876-1814 or |
|Saturday 5/4||Ray E (760) 644-1648 or |
|Wednesday 5/8||PJ (858) 566-8928 or |
|Saturday 5/11||Bill B (619) 206-5809 or |
|Wednesday 5/15||Mike L (858) 922-0738 or |
|Saturday 5/18||Bill B (619) 206-5809 or |
|Wednesday 5/22||Ray E (760) 644-1648 or |
|Wednesday 5/29||Wednesday May 29 Mike L – Special Idyllwild Hike (858) 922-0738 or email@example.com|
WILDERNESS HIKE details and trailhead directions will be e-mailed a day or two before each hike.
IMPORTANT HIKE INFO: Bring lunch, 2-3 quarts of water, sun and rain protection, and lug-soled shoes. “First timers” must call the leader. All participants must be well prepared for trail conditions, be able to keep pace with the group and will be accepted at the leader’s discretion.
Car Pool Info: Park on the street in front of the Methodist Church, 2111 Camino del Rio South (west of Texas St.). Be prepared to drive yourself if there are no other carpoolers.
Check Wilderness Hikes as weather or unusual conditions may cause the hike to be moved or canceled. If you have any questions, please contact the relevant hike leader as noted.